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Old 06-03-2021, 09:48 PM
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Hello, It's been a while. Even though we are in summer here are a few pictures with the winter wheels on. They look great and the tires fills the wheels well nicely. They do slightly rub in the front on a full lock so I bought 25 mm spacers so I can swap the current 20mm in the rear up in front.

Also changed my side turn signal to LED sequentials. I did a small video to demonstrate them. You can check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNGx...E70Rudy%27sE70



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Old 06-07-2021, 11:12 AM
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Looking good. I picked up a Ď12 E70 35i last fall and it has been a great addition to our family. 182k miles, now 188k. Iíve done A LOT of repairs and preventative maintenance to get it back up to good health and now moving on to mods. First completed mod- eibach lowering springs. I noticed the truck leaning one day, found a broken rear spring and decided it was a good excuse to lower it slightly. Ill post pics once the springs have settled and the truck is clean. So far, handles great, has a slight rake, and has a noticeable reduction in wheel gap (I have factory 19Ē) compared to another E70 side by side. Next up, wheels and potentially spacers.

I need to get a new lift gate button! I didnít know they could be replaced one by one. Thanks for posting that.
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Old 06-08-2021, 10:36 PM
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Looking good. I picked up a Ď12 E70 35i last fall and it has been a great addition to our family. 182k miles, now 188k. Iíve done A LOT of repairs and preventative maintenance to get it back up to good health and now moving on to mods. First completed mod- eibach lowering springs. I noticed the truck leaning one day, found a broken rear spring and decided it was a good excuse to lower it slightly. Ill post pics once the springs have settled and the truck is clean. So far, handles great, has a slight rake, and has a noticeable reduction in wheel gap (I have factory 19Ē) compared to another E70 side by side. Next up, wheels and potentially spacers.

I need to get a new lift gate button! I didnít know they could be replaced one by one. Thanks for posting that.
Good to hear it's been nice! What kind of preventive maintenance have you done toward the engine block? If I can suggest you should take a look at your ground strap. Mine left me scratching my head this winter. Obviously it was when I was in the country side too. Figured a way to bypass the original ground cable but it then failed on the highway. Next step was the dealer ship, I was running out of time to deal with the issue. Save you some grief and replace the original one with a solid copper that wont rust rom auto zone or wherever(I'll attach some pictures)

Curious on the drop with the 19". Post a picture. I personally love the height and have had my low days so it's staying as it is

Also check out your rear tail light. if you have condensation you could end up with a rusted bulb socket so keep an eye on that and change the seal if needed.






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Old 06-08-2021, 10:57 PM
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Itís a very long list of work! A big chunk was redoing the whole cooling system minus the 3 hoses that go to the heater core(s). Radiator (leaking), electric water pump (failed), thermostat, and every hose I could get. Then oil leaks- OFHG, valve cover, VANOS solenoids. Plugs, coils, valvetronic motor and shaft. Fuel injectors.. the list goes on.

AND! That pesky ground strap. Mine didnít break but it looked really bad and I was having some charging system issues so that was a good place to start. Good call replacing it with copper. I bet that was far less than oem ($56).

Iíll post some pictures soon. Itís a very mild drop (~40mm) which is why I decided to go that route. Iíve lowered every car Iíve owned but always only slight drops. Had a set of coil overs on one car and never maxed them out- itís not really my style.
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I donít know if itís your spacers or just wheel size but your wheel gap looks very close to mine. Hereís one I took next to an F15. If you study it for a moment you can see the difference
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Old 06-09-2021, 08:28 PM
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Itís a very long list of work! A big chunk was redoing the whole cooling system minus the 3 hoses that go to the heater core(s). Radiator (leaking), electric water pump (failed), thermostat, and every hose I could get. Then oil leaks- OFHG, valve cover, VANOS solenoids. Plugs, coils, valvetronic motor and shaft. Fuel injectors.. the list goes on.

AND! That pesky ground strap. Mine didnít break but it looked really bad and I was having some charging system issues so that was a good place to start. Good call replacing it with copper. I bet that was far less than oem ($56).

Iíll post some pictures soon. Itís a very mild drop (~40mm) which is why I decided to go that route. Iíve lowered every car Iíve owned but always only slight drops. Had a set of coil overs on one car and never maxed them out- itís not really my style.
That is quite a list of maintenance that need attention. I've been lucky with mine, nothing leaks so far and been running smooth. (touching wood)

The wheels are massive, 295/20 in front and 315/20 in the rear. Still the most fuel efficient car I have ever owned when tires will be done I think I will bump up the front profile from 40 to 45 and the rear to 35/40 to get even a smoother ride and gap fitment

The spacers do help quite a bite to fill in the gap. The wheels being flush with the fenders does that illusion I believe.

On an other note I did receive this today in the mail. 4x4 shop's android head unit. Big upgrade, I will be able to play music threw Bluetooth, USB and have a backup camera. Having the GPS app on there will be perfect.

Also this Panavise phone mount. Shipping was expensive... It fixes next to the climate control and I do think it is one of the cleanest options. Ill send photos when installed

Now I just need to find the best way to pass the backup camera cable. I'll have to dig up some info on that otherwise I hope to get it done this weekend.


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Old 06-10-2021, 08:03 AM
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Well, a decent amount of leaks but not surprising considering itís a BMW, 8-9 yrs old and about 188,600 miles or about 303000 km!

I was parked next to a 35d with the same wheels as yours and I should have snapped a pic last night with them side by side but sadly they left by the time I returned to my car. My drop was very obvious next to that one.

I was looking into a system like that which upgrades the current I-drive to a bigger screen and android auto/car play. Be sure to post when you have yours installed!
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As far as your backup cam goes, if it’s a license plate mounted camera, that will be a challenge. But with the rear hatch trim removed, you should be able to pass the wire through the rubber tube with the other wiring. Then most of the vehicle electrical travels on the passenger side of the truck, over the wheel arch and then down along the door sill to the front.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:00 PM
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As far as your backup cam goes, if itís a license plate mounted camera, that will be a challenge. But with the rear hatch trim removed, you should be able to pass the wire through the rubber tube with the other wiring. Then most of the vehicle electrical travels on the passenger side of the truck, over the wheel arch and then down along the door sill to the front.
Your E70 looks great, new wheels will really make it stand out even more and the color is pretty rare too.

I've disassembled the rear trunk door to check out the wiring and it does go up the rubber tube. Just wondering if I have to remove the top liner to pass the cable? I am reluctant to the idea. I've seen a video on a E53 where they simply tuck the cable in the back of the rubber seal. I guess the best bet will be to remove and go on the fly.

For sure will let you know how I works and runs once it is done!
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